Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption

. 2012. 320p. 978-0-30788-878-2. 25.
Growing up in a small town in Nebraska, Hopwood was the epitome of a small-town hero. As a basketball star, he was the center of attention and seemed to have a bright future. But after a stint in the Navy, he came home to find himself short of cash. He and a close friend decided to steal a car, get rifles, and rob a local bank. Having succeeded the first time without any consequences, Hopwood committed four more armed robberies before being caught, convicted, and sent to prison for ten years. His prison experience was a wake-up call to the realities of life for those less fortunate than he. While writing an appeal for a fellow inmate, Hopwood became interested in becoming a paralegal. After researching the inmate’s case, he submitted the appeal through the court system. With the help of a lawyer, the case ultimately made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Life after prison proved to be a greater challenge.
VERDICT   Hopwood’s prison memoir and long journey back into society are told with brutal and riveting honesty. For those readers interested in the sociology of crime and its effect on the prison population, this title is essential.

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